Neo Soul — Recently Added

The best of the contemporary soul underground -- artists we know and love, and are proud to support!


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Woman
Blues Babe/Atlantic, 2015. New Copy
Jill Scott's first album away from Hidden Beach – and a set that really marks a tremendous comeback for the singer! Jill sounds better here than we remember in years – as sharply focused and musically pointed as on her tremendous debut from the start of the century – with energy ... CD
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Remixed
Counterpoint (UK), 2003. New Copy
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One of our favorite groups of all time – taken to a whole new level! Fertile Ground, to us, is one of the most exciting groups currently recording – a masterful group of musicians steeped in a soulful style that stretches back to the most righteous groups of the 70s, but who also have ... CD
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Motown, 2010. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
The second chapter of Erykah Badu's New Amerykah – recorded for the most part, quite incredibly, during the same period and with the same collaborators as the mind-altering, murky and righteous hip hop funk experimentalism that was Part One – some months that must be among the most ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Motown, 2008. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
Badu is back with some of the deepest, funkiest and best music of her career – a mindblowing treatise for a New Amerykah – and what we'll consider an instant classic whether the world at large catches on or not! Erykah steps up this time with a set that balances the wilder impulses ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Good Things
Stones Throw, 2010. New Copy 2LP
Cinematic soul rooted in the rawer organ, drums and horns vibes that resonated deeply in records from north to south in the 70s – done with a lean, tight and head nodding groove no doubt informed by Aloe Blacc's own roots in hip hop – on his best album yet and one of best raw soul ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Love In Flying Colors
HBD, 2013. New Copy 2LP
The best yet from Foreign Exchange! FE began as a transatlantic collaboration between rapper/singer Phone in NC and producer Nicolay in Holland – who literally got it done by exchanging files online – but since Nicolay moved closer, they've grown into one of finest indie soul acts in ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Stones Throw, 2005. Near Mint-
A trippy, soulful surprise from Aloe Blacc – the mic side of the Cali hip hop duo Emanon – who seems poised to make the transition from Cali hip hop to progressive soul! The backdrop of "Want Me" is a deep, pulsing electronic wall of sound with slow-building effects raining ... 12-inch, Vinyl record
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Red Star/Sony, 2001. Near Mint- 2LP
A collection of tracks put together by the folks at Heineken's Red Star Foundation – a program that's designed to support "urban influence music" (whatever that means!) The upshot of the package is that it's a great set of underground soul grooves – perhaps not as cutting ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Back To Black
Universal, 2006. Used
An incredible album from Amy Winehouse – even way better than her fantastic debut! Although a contemporary soul album, this one's steeped in tradition – soul styles that run the gamut from Detroit down to Kingston, and which are carried off here with a rougher, sharper-edged sound than ... CD
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At World's Edge
Koch, 2009. Used
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It's Always You
Amigo (Sweden), 2006. New Copy
Beautifully personal music from the team of Anna Christoffersson and Steve Dobrogosz – music penned and played on piano by Steve, interpreted vocally by Anna with a lightly crackling quality that's really wonderful! The sound is spare and very intimate – mostly just Steve's piano with ... CD
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Twin Danger
Decca, 2015. New Copy
A hell of a debut from Twin Danger – a duet that features Vanessa Bley on vocals (daughter of jazz pianist Paul Bley) and founding member of Sade Stuart Matthewman on saxophone! The pair come together wonderfully – and although Vanessa's vocals are in the lead, Stuart's instrument ... CD
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Twin Danger
Decca, 2015. New Copy
A hell of a debut from Twin Danger – a duet that features Vanessa Bley on vocals (daughter of jazz pianist Paul Bley) and founding member of Sade Stuart Matthewman on saxophone! The pair come together wonderfully – and although Vanessa's vocals are in the lead, Stuart's instrument ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Sylva (CD & DVD)
Impulse, 2015. New Copy CD & DVD
A whole new dimension for Snarky Puppy – and a great one too – as the group works here with larger backings from the Metropole Orkest, who really create some amazing sounds in the process! The core Snarky Puppy approach is at the heart of the record, and the addition of the larger ... CD
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Shine Through
Stones Throw, 2006. Used
A batch of eclectic postmodern soul that's as original and instantly gratifying as anything we've heard on Stones Throw! Aloe Blacc more than lives up to the expectations we had for him after hearing his first couple of Stones Throw singles. His previous work in the adventurous hip hop outfit ... CD
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Soulception
Adventure Music, 2012. Used
Fantastic sounds from Monday Michiru – quite possibly her greatest album in years, and one that really draws together all the best elements of her style! The vocals are wonderful – soaring, fluid, and filled with soul – almost more confident than ever – and set to these ... CD
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ABB, 2002. Used
The set's great – and builds off of tracks that Peven recorded for his previous self-issued Speed Of Light CD, plus new tracks – all produced and presented to perfection, in a setting that's sure to rise Peven's star as much as we've been hoping. The whole thing's wonderful – ... CD
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No Limits
Expansion (UK), 2015. New Copy
From the sound of this set, Tracy Hamlin's a singer with no limits at all – both in the sound of her music, and the joyous energy she brings to this album! The set's not Tracy's first, but it's got this bold power that makes us feel like we're discovering the singer all over again – as ... CD
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E One, 2015. New Copy
Bilal gets some amazing help this time around from super-hip producer Adrian Younge – who really helps the singer reinvent his sound! The album's got a funky depth we've never heard from Bilal before – lots of those old school, 70s-styled soundtrack funk touches that Younge's so great ... CD
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Ego Death
Columbia, 2015. New Copy
Pure wonderfulness from Internet – a group who seem to bound forward strongly with each new release! These guys are easily one of the most compelling mainstream soul acts we can think of – still very lean, and working with an indie-level vibe – but also able to focus in on hooks ... CD
 
Updated July 30, 2015


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